You know those moments…the ones where you’ve just poured out your heart and soul, only to receive a blank stare from your friend, or to hear no response on the other end of the line? Ouch. We try to avoid those moments by using verbal cues throughout the conversation, like, “Are ya with me?” or “You still there?” And, if you really want to throw them off at the end, you can even ask the “What did I just say?” question. Gets ’em every time.
And if you’ve been on the receiving end of those questions (which I’m sure none of us are guilty of), you know that listening is hard work, especially when the story gets too long, the drama gets too overwhelming, and the seconds seem like hours. A good listener is hard to find. But don’t we all want one? Don’t we wish someone would just listen to us, as whiny, dramatic, boring, depressed, or elated as we might sound? Thankfully, we have One. One who never tires of us, One who is always paying attention.
“Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me…” (John 11:41-42a)
Have you said thank You lately? It’s easy to take His open ears for granted. We can offer up prayers at any moment of any day. We don’t have to wear fancy clothes or perform a million ceremonial rituals. We can just come as we are- broken and desperate for someone to just listen. And He will.
When I stop and think, I owe God thank-You’s a million times over, and that’s just for listening. Who else could put up with this blabber for 22 years? And, we’re still going strong ; )